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Apr 16 2017

Big Red here I come. Driving through the Simpson Desert

I had my first lesson driving on sand today, so now I’m ready to tackle the Simpson Desert! The Simpson was my original choice for this year’s trip, but I decided against it because I didn’t feel confident that I had enough experience diving on sand. But now, after an hour driving around in sand …

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Mar 23 2017

Mistakes people make when travelling around Australia

What are the biggest mistakes made when travelling around Australia? I’ve just been reading somebody else’s story about the problems they had when travelling around Australia for a year. The tears were rolling down my cheeks while I was reading. Not at their misfortunes, but because they chose to use Optus as their telecommunications provider! …

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Jan 09 2017

The real Waltzing Matilda

Update: My apologies, it seems I had the wrong information. Christina McPherson wasn’t Banjo Patterson’s fiance. The story is much more interesting than that. Christina’s friend, Sarah Riley, was engaged to Banjo Patterson, and had been for eight years. Right up until he met Christina and collaborated with her on Waltzing Matilda. The engagement was broken …

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Dec 11 2016

5 top myths about Darwin in the wet season

I’m off to Darwin in January. Yes, in the middle of summer and in the middle of wet season. If you haven’t been to the Top End in wet season you don’t know what you’re missing. I know a lot of people are put off by the thought of all the rain, and the possibility …

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Nov 04 2016

Australia’s best outback road

Part 2 of the best and ‘didn’t quite live up to expectations’ of my last trip. This time tourist experiences and outback roads.    

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Nov 01 2016

What is Australia’s best outback pub?

Whenever you go away, there are things that you just have to do. Experiences you’ve heard about or sites you are really looking forward to seeing. Sometimes they meet your expectations, sometimes they don’t. And sometimes things that you weren’t expecting surprise you. What were those things on this trip? The best and worst (or …

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Oct 08 2016

Lessons I have learned travelling in outback Australia

Well, my first solo outback trip is over. Would I do it again? Definitely. I’m already planning the next trip. I loved every minute of it. Even the … um … actually there weren’t any “even the” moments. It was all fabulous. There were a few times when I wasn’t sure if what I was …

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Sep 02 2016

The Corner Store: where all the kangaroos hang out

I’m sitting at the Corner Store. Not the one down the street from home, the one at Cameron Corner, where three states meet: New South Wales, Queensland, and South Australia. I’m not sure which state I’m in, or should that be what state I’m in. And I drove the Strzelecki and Old Strzelecki tracks to …

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Aug 23 2016

Women adventurers in the Australian outback

I’m going to go out on a limb here, commit sacrilege, and say I am sick of boys’ own adventure stories in the outback. As you do when you’re in Maree waiting to drive up the Birdsville Track, I began re-reading Tom Kruse’s story of forging the Birdsville Track for the mail run from Maree …

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Aug 21 2016

Wildflowers in the Australian desert

I cannot believe how absolutely, stunningly, jaw-droppingly, beautiful the Australian outback, and the desert countryside is. If I could put more superlatives into that sentence I would. The desert is beautiful, and I am in awe. I don’t mean beautiful in the way that ‘deserts have their own beauty’, I just mean beautiful.

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